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DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty)
Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) can be a good option to consider when the innermost layers of the cornea are healthy, but the front most layers of the cornea are the problem. Common indications for this procedure include keratoconus and corneal scars. In DALK, the patient’s inner corneal layer (the endothelium) is left intact and all other layers of the cornea are removed. The donor cornea is prepared and the endothelium removed. The donor tissue is then sutured into place over the recipient’s own endothelium. There are a few advantages with DALK - fewer postoperative complications, less incidence of rejection, and more rapid recovery.
Frequently Asked DALK Questions
- What makes for a great DALK candidate?
- What is the recovery like for DALK?
- If I’m coming from out of town, how can I have DALK?